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Never Send a Human to Do a Machine's Job

Correcting the Top 5 EdTech Mistakes

By: Yong Zhao, Gaoming Zhang, Jing M. Lei, Wei Qiu

Reimagine and rethink classroom technology to empower students while you enhance instructional depth. Optimize its use and hone critical thinking skills. 

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781452282572
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2015
  • Page Count: 144
  • Publication date: July 23, 2015

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Do what you do best and let technology do the rest

Technology has transformed our lives. Virtually every school and classroom is connected. Why then, has it not transformed education? Consider these five ways educators can begin to optimize classroom technology and rethink its use.

  • See technology as a complement rather than a replacement
  • Embrace its creation potential over consumption function
  • Encourage design and personalized learning over standards and outcomes
  • Celebrate the journey toward digital competence over curriculum improvement 
  • Focus on tech-pedagogy over product usage

Learn how to let technology cultivate student autonomy, creativity, and responsibility while focusing on lessons that hone higher-order and critical thinking skills. 

"Dr.  Zhao continues to push educators’ thinking by taking a serious examination of the role technology has played in education. The struggles he lays out are challenges educators try to overcome on an almost daily bases. The new thinking in this book needs to be read by those in the classroom and leaders alike." 
Steven W. Anderson, Author
Content Curation: How to Avoid Information Overload, @web20classroom

This book masterfully address the issues related to technology integration in schools. Dr. Zhao artfully navigates through the misconception of technology as the ultimate solution to the challenges of teaching.
Jared Covili, Author of Going Google and Classroom in the Cloud

Key features

Drawing on learning theories and research on educational technology, the authors:

  • present a new perspective on technology in education
  • discuss the new perspective with research and the current hot topics in educational technology
  • provide suggestions and recommendations for political and education leaders, school leaders, teachers, and parents


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Yong Zhao

Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas and a professor in Educational Leadership at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in Australia. He previously served as the Presidential Chair, Associate Dean, and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he was also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. Prior to Oregon, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the International Academy of Education.

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Gaoming Zhang

Gaoming Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the University of Indianapolis. She teaches educational psychology and educational technology courses in undergraduate and graduate programs. Her research interests include technology integration, teacher preparation, and comparative education. Her work has appeared in On the Horizon, the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, Asia Pacific Journal of Education, Educause Review, and the International Encyclopedia of Education.

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Jing M. Lei

Jing Lei is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Syracuse University. Dr. Lei’s scholarship focuses on how information and communication technology can help prepare a new generation of citizens for a globalizing and digitizing world. Specifically, her research interests include technology integration in schools, the social-cultural and psychological impact of technology, e-learning, emerging technologies for education, and teacher technology preparation. Her recent publications include Handbook of Asian Education: A Cultural Perspective (2011, Routledge) and The Digital Pencil: One-to-One Computing for Children (2008, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates publishers).

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Wei Qiu

Wei Qiu is an instructional designer and adjunct faculty at Webster University. She received a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology from Michigan State University. Her research interests include using technology to enhance students’ learning experience, second language education, and global competency development.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Authors


1. The Wrong Relationship Between Technology and Teachers: Complementing in an Ecosystem Versus Replacing in a Hierarchy

     An Ecosystem, Not a Hierarchy: Reconsidering the Relationship Between Teachers and Technology

     Technology and Teachers in a Learning Ecosystem: What Are Their Niches?

     Constructing a Learning Ecosystem: What Does It Look Like?

2. The Wrong Application: Technology as Tools for Consumption Versus Tools for Creating and Producing

     The First Approach: Technology as a Tool for Consumption

     Constructivism: Constructing by Creating and Producing

     Wikipedia: A Mass Project of Creating and Making

     Digital Stories, Twitters, Blogs, Videos, and Robots: New Genres of Creating and Making

     Diverse Needs as Creators and Makers

3. The Wrong Expectation: Technology to Raise Test Scores Versus Technology to Provide Better Education

     Can Technology Boost Test Scores? Don’t Let the Wrong Question Guide Our Technology Use

     Providing Better Education: The Real Value of Educational Technology

4. The Wrong Assumptions: Technology as Curriculum Versus Digital Competence

     The Wrong Assumptions: Technology as Curriculum/Instruction

     What Is Digital Citizenship?

     Developing Digital Citizenship Through the Use of Digital Technology

5. The Wrong Technology Implementation: Top Down Versus Bottom Up

     Two Technology Paradoxes

     Before 3 p.m. Model

     After 3 p.m. Model

     Before 3 p.m. Versus After 3 p.m.: What Are the Differences?

     Alternative Ways to Implement Technology


6. Making It Right: Reimagining Education in the Second Machine Age

     The Need for Reimagining Education

     Reimagining the What: Curriculum

     Reimagining the How: Pedagogy

     Reimagine the Teacher-Machine Relationship: Summary